Charlie Mulgrew has urged Celtic’s current squad to hang in there as the title race is far from over as the former Hoops defender recalls his experience playing under Neil Lennon.
The big defender recalls playing under Neil Lennon back in November 2011 when a draw against Hibs left Celtic trailing Rangers by 15 points with two games in hand.
The Hoops and Lennon went on a 17 game-winning run and also won the league that year.
Charlie Mulgrew has indicated that Celtic need to start applying some pressure on Rangers as all it can take is one slight “wobble” and Celtic are back in the running.
“I remember that game at Motherwell, Hooper scored a winner near the end after a long, mazy run from Paddy McCourt. That was a crucial moment. Massive. There was quite a gap and we were in a bit of bother. But at Celtic you need to step up.
“It was incredible because by 28 December we managed to jump above Rangers by a point after winning the Old Firm game 1-0 at Celtic Park. Joe Ledley headed home my corner that day and we never looked back.
“We really dug in that season. It was a real team effort. Every player took care of their own job and it came together brilliantly.
“Neil is good in these situations. He knows it’s crisis time and that Celtic need a winning run to pile the pressure on Rangers. This Rangers side has never really been in a winning position in a title race, they don’t have people who have experienced it. Celtic need to pile pressure on them sooner rather than later. It’s hard but it’s why being at Celtic and Rangers is so special because you have to be able to play under this sort of pressure.”
“No matter how ugly the wins are you just have to keep picking up three points and get back to basics. Churn out win after win.
“Neil knew how to get us up for games and we as players had to find a way to deliver. I was playing at the back at the time and I remember thinking ‘right, my job is to stop goals and anything else is a bonus’. I just focused on defending because we had players who could score. I knew if we got it right at the back then we could go on a winning run. That’s what happened – 17 wins – and it’s amazing how the pressure mounts when you are in the lead and you see a team clawing you back.”
Charlie Mulgrew states that the Celtic support should stick with Neil Lennon, as a turnaround can be done.